Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 2
Aufderheide Memorial Drive, gorgeous river scenery, smooth ribbon of pavement, exhilarating downhill, historic riverside cottages.
Day two of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades tour begins this morning with a pleasant little downhill section culminating at the intersection of the Office Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon, and the start of the Aufderheide/West Cascades Scenic Byway. From here, we ride up and alongside the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Traffic is light, the river is stunning, the road smooth, and you may not notice the first 10 miles of climbing. The road ramps up a bit at this point and is a real lung buster just after passing Constitution Grove. At the top is Box Canyon and our lunch stop. A smooth ribbon of pavement is your downhill reward as we drop into the McKenzie River watershed, the South Fork of the river keeping us company under the deep forest canopy. One last short bump in the road gets us to the turquoise blue water of Cougar Reservoir. Terwilliger Hot Spring may tempt you here. Go for a soak, or continue downhill over the Belknap Covered Bridge to our final destination, the McKenzie Riverside Cottages. A delicious catered dinner alongside the McKenzie River awaits you tonight.